This week in Galion’s history


By Deborah Elaine Mayton - Galion Inquirer



Galion has a colorful and lengthy past. The events noted in this column are taken from the Galion Inquirer archives from years past of personal or community interest from 10, 50 and 100 years ago.

This week ending in Jan. 16, 2006

* Galion City Schools had a new treasurer after the board voted during the organizational meeting to retain interim Treasurer Linda Kidwell to fill the position. Mrs. Kidwell’s contract was to run for two years beginning with the organizational meeting and ending with the organizational meeting in Jan. 2008. Her salary was $64,000.

* Jean Plack completed 20 years of service on the Galion Board of Health this week. Ms. Plack was one of five Galion citizens who sat on the board. The citizens, who served on the board with Ms. Plack, were President Doug Schilling, Helen Burdine, Karen Wise, and Dennis Long.

* Galion City Council appointed Galion Police Chief Brian Saterfield as acting city manager – in addition with his current duties. The chief is from Galion and is familiar with the city’s operations, having assisted in various matters since his hiring. The chief however was not qualified to be a candidate for hire to take the position on a permanent basis.

This week ending in Jan. 16, 1966

* A surprise party was arranged by four daughters honoring their parents Mr. and Mrs. W. Parry Weaver for their 35th wedding anniversary. The event entertained 40 quests who came from Powell, Hyatts, Delaware, Worthington, Lima and Cleveland. They also received long distance calls from those unable to attend because of the inclement weather.

* Numerous comments were made over the past holiday season concerning the decorations that appeared on Galion’s streets, in business places, churches, schools and residences.

* Larry F. Lewis has returned to Stead Air Force Base in Nevada after spending two weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Lewis 339 First Ave., and with Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Radar and family in Tiro. He spent the last year at Hunter Air Force Base in Georgia.

The week ending in Jan. 16, 1916

* This week there were many cases of Grip in Galion. According to the statement of the Heath Officer, Dr. E.D. Helfrich, There were approximately about three hundred cases in the city. The contagion seemed to become an epidemic. Many children were out of school and a large number if adults were bed ridden. Helfrich warned people to use every precaution to ward of the disease.

* The sixth annual exhibition of the Galion Poultry Fancier’s Association was on at the New Armory. This year’s show was bigger and better than any previous year held by the association. There were a greater number of exhibits and more interest was being taken. Also the crowds in attendance were much larger then prior years.

* Members of the Corn Show Association met in the Commercial Club room and decided to assist in putting on a Farmer’s Institute in Galion on Feb. 5-6.

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By Deborah Elaine Mayton

Galion Inquirer

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